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Welcoming the Stranger: Presbyterian Responses to Immigrant Communities (Montreat Summer Lecture Series) July 19-22



Decatur, GA—As part of Columbia Theological Seminary’s program in Presbyterian and Reformed History and Theology, a series of free public lectures and presentations will be offered July 19-22 at the Presbyterian Heritage Center in Montreat, NC. During “Welcoming the Stranger: Presbyterian Response to Immigrant Communities” speakers will address ways in which the Presbyterian and Reformed tradition has engaged and is engaging the changing facets of immigration in North America and  other areas of the world. Lectures are Monday – Friday at 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., with an additional session on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the newly-air conditioned Convocation Hall of the Assembly Inn. 

Speakers include Justo Gonzalez, internationally-known United Methodist historian, theologian and author of more than 100 books and publications; Julia Thorne, Immigration Counsel, Presbyterian Church, USA; Rodger Nishioka, Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Jin S. Kim, Pastor, Church of All Nations (PCUSA), Columbia Heights, MN. Wednesday evening will feature a gathering coordinated by the Presbyterian Heritage Center and the Montreat Adult Summer Club. Participants will be treated to “A Presbyterian Tale in Stories & Music: Missions to Immigrant & Native Populations,” from the accounts of several 19th century Presbyterian missionaries, including Melinda Rankin, Rev. Gideon Blackburn, Donaldina Cameron, Rev. John Chavis and Dr. Edward Guerrant
The lecture series is sponsored by Columbia Theological Seminary, Montreat Conference Center, the Presbyterian Heritage Center, and the Adult Summer Club Program at Montreat. Details, including speakers’ topics. 
Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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